The Society has been approached by a second year PhD student at the University of Reading to ask our members to help with her research.

The student’s dissertation focuses on the role heavy horse enthusiasts play in safeguarding native heavy horse breeds here in the UK. The three main breeds she is using as a case study are the Shire, Clydesdale, and the Suffolk Punch.

The aims and objectives of her research are the following.

Aims and Objectives:

To understand what role enthusiasm for heavy horse breeds and its associated cultures play in safeguarding nonhuman heritage in the modern day.

The objectives are:

  1. To explore the cultures of enthusiasm (organization, materials, networks, emotions) surrounding rare heavy horse breeds;
  2. To examine the ways in which enthusiast societies connect with other groups and organizations (scientific, heritage, industry) to safeguard rare heavy horse breeds;
  3. To contribute to the sustainability of heavy horse breeds.

To launch her research, she is conducting a short survey for heavy horse owners to fill out. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Here is the link for the survey Click here

The participant information sheet is available to download below or for more information on the research and contact details.

Survey 2021
Survey 2021
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Sue Fox